The Montgomery County Planning Commission staff works with the Public Safety Department to maintain the Montgomery County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is used by all 62 municipalities in the county to fulfill hazard mitigation planning requirements established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires state and local governments to develop an approved mitigation plan as a condition for receiving federal disaster grants and loans. The act also requires plans to be amended and updated every five years. The last plan was prepared in 2012 and was adopted by nearly all municipalities in the county. This plan has been updated based on the experience over the past five years. During the planning process, there were opportunities for municipal and public engagement.
The plan updates are prepared to continue to reduce the county’s vulnerability to weather-related, geologic, human-caused, technological failure, and wildfire hazards that could potentially threaten the county. This plan is also revised to meet state and federal public safety requirements. Two public meetings were offered—November 16, 2017 in Upper Dublin Township and November 28, 2017 in Lower Salford Township—to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the Montgomery County Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan. Community leaders and the public were invited to attend either meeting to hear a presentation on the draft plan and to comment on the plan.